About Environmental Geosciences
Become a steward and manager of our planet’s resources.
Geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets to help us better understand our own planet and improve the quality of human life. You can prepare for this field at California University of Pennsylvania with the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Earth Science, with a concentration in Environmental Geosciences.
The focus of the environmental geosciences program is to develop professional environmental scientists and geoscientists for careers in all facets of resource management, environmental protection and sustainable development. You will take classes focused on water and land resources and environmental stewardship. You’ll also explore human demands on mineral and energy resources, as well as land development, that historically have presented challenges to the health and quality of habitats and natural systems.
Geoscientists work in a variety of fields, from environmental consulting and regulatory agencies to compliance programs at energy firms. Graduates of the environmental geosciences program have found jobs in soil- and water-quality testing, stream restoration, contaminant characterization and remediation, and air-quality assessment. With its roots in geology, the environmental geosciences program benefits from the strength of the geology curriculum offerings and rigor, with a multidisciplinary appeal.
Prepare for a career in energy, resource and environmental sectors.
Graduates of geoscience programs find work as environmental geologists, hydrologists, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, remote sensing specialists, petroleum geologists and educators. Geoscientists identify safe places to dispose of waste, study factors that affect water quality, run computer-based analyses of landscapes and habitats, and discover new mineral resources.
This is an excellent time to explore a career in geoscience. Opportunities for geologists and geoscientists are expanding quickly due to rising concerns about environmental degradation and diversifying energy demands.
Full-time students usually complete the program in four years, and part-time students take five to six years to complete the degree.